Fort Wayne, IN: About to head to Myrtle Beach in the early morning for the 13U Carl Ripken Tournament. This is the summer life of Manny Lopez owner of The Diamond baseball facility in Fort Wayne and also the coach of the 13U, Blue team, Fort Wayne Cubs; competing in the 13U Wave Rider Tournament 2013 7/28/13 – 8/2/13.
As the Cub’s team drives towards South Carolina, with 200 miles to go, the traffic stops dead in the road. This only adds to the urgency to get to Myrtle Beach. After a long day, of driving, they finally got to their hotel in the late afternoon. The players were able to get some swimming in at the pool and the coach got to spend some time on the beach.
At Ripken, Myrtle Beach; players had some fun at the skills competition that were a blast; but now let the games begin. The Cubs began the tournament playing at 12:15 PM against the Hollywood Heat (FL) and at 5:00 PM vs Susqueana Cobras (PA). They are feeling good about Day 1. Fully prepared and confident because that is how their coach approaches the game. The Cubs took care of the Florida team in 5 innings 12-0. Slater threw well, the defense was solid and after the game got a lot of compliments from Florida’s coaching staff and fans.
Getting ready to head out to game 2 for the 9:00 PM start against PA team. The rain played a trick on us by pushing games back. The Cubs were notified at around 6:50 PM that the game was moved up to 8:00 PM. Unfortunately, the Cubs players could not pull it together enough, as they lost to Susqueana Cobras (PA) 4-5; in a game the Cubs most certainly could have won. This game was under the lights, with a good crowd watching, so they felt they missed an opportunity to show off their best stuff.
The Cubs faced their toughest competition from their pool during day 2 and needed their A game to prevail. True to form the Cubs pulled off a big win against Gotham Giants (NY) who were in the top 5 last year in the 12U tournament at Cooperstown. The players came ready to hit and drove the ball all over to a 5 run first in route to a 10-5 win.
Day 3 games started at 8:00 AM vs Martin Luther King Spartans (WI) and 12:30 PM vs Milville Lightning (NJ). The Cubs were in great position, with 2 wins they could have gotten the #1 seed in West Bracket. They won both games however, they allowed too many runs in game one against the Spartans (WI) on a 11-6 win and got #2 seed. Then followed that win with a 9-2 win against Millville Lightning (NJ). The Cubs will be playing the #3 seed from East Bracket yet to be determined at the writing of this article.
A follow up article will wrap up the results of the Fort Wayne Cubs at the 13U Wave Rider Tournament 2013. There is no doubt they are fully prepared to perform well against any competition from across the country. Go Cubs!
This is one story of the 100s that are taking place this summer for elite travel baseball team across the country. Many thanks must be expressed to the parents, coaches, trainers, and companies that support the efforts, of the players, on these teams. Without all these supporters there would be no travel baseball, which enriches the changes for these young men to reach the highest levels of the game. Thank you to all.
Below see the standings as of the writing of this article. You can find the standing athttp://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ripkentournaments.com%2…
Standings as of 07/31/13 afternoon
13U Wave Rider Tournament 2013 7/28/13 – 8/2/13
Team Name Division Wins Loss Ties Runs Allowed
Crescent City Hooks East 4 0 0 9
Barracudas Powered by Mizuno East 4 1 0 20
Storm Select East 2 2 1 24
Orland Park Warriors East 2 2 1 27
Michigan Expos East 2 3 0 34
Central Jersey Stampede East 1 4 0 40
Lancaster Surge East 1 3 0 52
Readington Rattlers North 5 0 0 13
Subway Sox North 3 1 1 27
Grossi Baseball North 2 3 0 33
Rochester Renegades North 1 3 1 47
BLACK KNIGHTS North 1 3 1 52
Bridgeport Bombers (Red) North 1 3 1 52
Bay area Baseball Club South 5 0 0 12
TIDEWATER BOMBERS South 4 1 0 18
BCC Summer Select South 3 2 0 34
Bergen Bombers South 2 3 0 35
Brevard Plasma 13U South 1 4 0 40
Cape Code Thunder South 0 5 0 48
Gotham Giants West 4 1 0 12
Fort Wayne Cubs West 4 1 0 18
Susquehanna Cobras West 4 1 0 28
Bridgeport Bombers (Silver) West 2 3 0 34
Millville Lightning West 1 4 0 38
Hollywood Heat West 1 4 0 40
Martin Luther Jr Spartans West 1 4 0 47